Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Here is a list of Do’s and Don’t for what to get your pet this Christmas.
Fleas- these pests can come into your home on your Christmas tree or hitch a ride on your pant leg. Don’t think the cold weather means you don’t need to worry about these critters and don’t forget your flea treatment.
Ticks- like fleas, don’t think the cold means these pests are gone. Ticks can thrive in temperatures as cold as 4 degrees Celsius and would love a meal from your warm pet. Cold weather seasons are also when the black-legged tick is in its larval stage, so at this point, you are unlikely to see the juvenile tick on your pet, but it can still transmit harmful diseases like Lyme.
Pancreatitis- we may love all the food that comes with the holiday season but overindulging can be harmful to your pet, be cautious with sharing the Christmas turkey.
Rawhide- this popular chew can cause intestinal obstruction in dogs when swallowed whole. It is often also processed with harmful chemicals which may cause GI upset in our furry friends.
Puzzle Feeders and Food Dispensing Toys- Most of these are found in the canine section of your pet store but can be used for both cats and dogs (there are some cat specific feeders you can purchase as well). Making meal time game time is a great way to keep your pet busy and entertained- especially when it’s too cold to go outside for long play sessions
Paw wax or boots- if Fido has sensitive feet and doesn’t like the cold cement or salt on the sidewalks then a bottle of paw wax will help protect his feet from the elements on long winter walks
Raised food and water dishes- If your canine pal is starting to go grey and slowing down, then a new set of raised dishes will make mealtime easier for your senior friend.
Low fat treats- Single ingredient treats like freeze-dried liver or chicken breast (carried by your local veterinarian 4 Paws!) make a healthy and delicious treat, without the risk of pancreatitis that comes with sharing your holiday meal. If your pet has food allergies we also carry kangaroo jerky-so there is something for everyone, and the best part is, all of these treats are good for cats or dogs
New toys- whether your dog likes to chew on rope toys or your cat loves to chase catnip mice (also available at 4 Paws this month to raise money for our Gallagher fund) there is a toy for every pet out there. Find out what they like and get them something new! Just remember always to watch your pet when they are playing to make sure they don’t swallow any small pieces.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
5. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital